If the City Council has its way, speed humps and other traffic devices will start popping up in Greensboro in the near future.

The item was not on the agenda for the Tuesday, July 20 meeting, but since the agenda had already been thrown out the window to take items out of order, Mayor Nancy Vaughan called on Councilmember Goldie Wells to talk about speed humps and other traffic calming devices.

Wells kicked off what became a lengthy discussion, saying, “We are constantly getting requests for speed bumps and the reason is because the citizens are saying that people are racing through their neighborhoods. They feel it’s unsafe. They are afraid that someone is going to get hit, killed. I know we have this ordinance that we cannot have speed bumps, I want to know can we revisit that and see if there is something that we could do.”

Vaughan noted that they even had an email come in during the meeting requesting a speed bump or hump.  She said, “We’ve had this discussion now going on over a decade. I know every single person here has requested speed humps, speed bumps, traffic calming, and I think at this point we just want them done. And I think the direction to staff is to figure out a way to not encumber public safety, make sure that EMS, police, fire, can navigate.”

Vaughan added, “We want a program for speed bumps, humps and traffic calming and we would like to see it. I would say 90 days at the most.”

Councilmember Tammi Thurm said, “I just think it’s time that we need to take action on this.”

Vaughan said, “I want to make it clear that we want to be able to move forward with some type of program.”

City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba said, “Council is not asking us to come back with a plan to implement speed bumps because that would be a totally different thing but rather to have a session around what is traffic calming devices that we can recommend.”

Vaughan interrupted Jaiyeoba and said, “No, I don’t think that’s the direction. We’ve talked about traffic calming devices before – street signs, bike lanes, all that stuff. I think we would like to see how we can implement speed bumps, speed humps.”

Greensboro Department of Transportation Director Hanna Cockburn said that they would need more data to tailor the correct traffic calming devices to a particular location.

But Vaughan said, “I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I’m really tired of talking about it.”

Vaughan noted that the City Council was united on its desire to move forward with a program and expected staff to come back with a way to implement traffic calming devices in 90 days.